Right-hander Carlos Marmol passed through waivers unclaimed after being designated for assignment by the Marlins last week and has now been released.
Miami signed Marmol to a one-year, $1.25 million deal in February, but he was a mess with an 8.10 ERA and 10 walks in 13 innings, taking three losses in 15 appearances.
Marmol is still just 31 years old and can still generate plenty of strikeouts, but his raw stuff has declined significantly and he no longer misses enough bats to make up for his horrendous control. His yearly strikeouts per nine innings have plummeted from 16.0 to 12.0 to 11.7 to 10.8 to 9.5 since 2010.
Expect him to land somewhere new on a minor-league contract.
The White Sox won’t make a bid for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Believed to be the favorites to land shortstop Manny Machado in free agency, the White Sox watched him ink a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The club is apparently content with its roster otherwise.
Harper would certainly be an upgrade in the outfield, which currently features Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, and Jon Jay. It will soon feature prospects Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert.
Last season, Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 hom eruns, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He led all of baseball, drawing 130 walks. Harper is also a six-time All-Star who won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.
The Phillies are still believed to be the favorites to sign Harper and the club is confident it will land him, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.